7 Ways to Style the Iconic Wishbone Chair
If there’s one chair most likely to be found in a dining room near you, it’s the Wishbone Chair. An icon of Danish furniture design, the CH24, as it’s officially named, was the first collaboration between designer Hans Wagner and furniture maker Carl Hansen. Its elegant, curved frame was inspired by traditional Ming chairs, and of course, it earned its nickname from its wishbone-shaped back.
Beyond its graceful, shapely form, its best attribute is most certainly versatility. Designers and home decorators alike have used the Wishbone Chair everywhere from preppy dining rooms to bohemian bedrooms. Wondering how to style a set in your own home? Steal a few wishbone styling ideas from the beautiful spaces below.
East Coast Prep
In a Rochester, NY home, the Wishbone Chair takes a step away from midcentury modern towards traditional East Coast prep when topped with a soft blue seat cushion and paired with blue buffalo check curtains.
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In a small Chicago apart, a set of four CH24 chairs is beautifully balanced by a Tulip-style table, a hide rug, and a globe pendant. The combination is an affordable formula for a chic modern breakfast nook that anyone can pull off.
In his former Los Angeles apartment, interior designer Orlando Soria paired a set of sexy black Wishbone Chairs and a glamorous brass hexagonal pendant light with a sisal rug and a warm modern dining table. The balance of glam touches and organic elements feels fresh and vibrant.
The Wishbone Chair can look quite midcentury (when it wants) but in this Connecticut family getaway, the look is equal parts modern and traditional. A round trestle table and industrial-style lighting make a harmonious foil for a set of Wishbone Chairs in this elegant kitchen/dining space.
When you’re decorating with color, sometimes a simple white dining table and chairs is exactly what you need. In this Nashville home, a set of white CH24 chairs are a soft, sweet match for a patterned blue rug and a painted blue doorframe.
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So far the Wishbone Chair has been a beacon of simplicity, but here, it’s an edgy, shapely addition to a pop art–influenced dining room with banana leaf–print drapes and a graphic black-and-white striped rug.
If you thought the iconic CH24 chair had reached its limits, think again. In this airy, contemporary California house, the Wishbone Chair meets glitz and global boho alongside patterned cement tiles and a gilded crystal chandelier.